Badwe’e is a tonal language, but not every tone is marked.
The first appearance of a word in the dictionary entry is the word as written in the conventional orthography.
The second appearance of a word is that word in its conventional orthography with all the tone marks on its vowels. This is shown between slanted bars: / /.
The tonal phonemes are indicated by the following accents:
|ˆ||high-low, or falling|
|ˇ||low-high, or rising|
The third appearance of a word is that word shown in square brackets [ ], which is in the International Phonetic Alphabet:
abasyɛb /àbásyɛ̀b/ [àbásjɛ̀b] n. 1a à la manière de Basyeb; language codé
Homographs are indicated by subscripts.
pan₁ /pàn/ [pàn] n. 3/4 arbalète
pan₂ /pàn/ [pàn] n. 7/8 esp. d’arbre
The part of speech is indicated in italics. In the above example n = noun.
In the example below, adv. = adverbe:
paʼ₂ /pâʼ/ [pâʔ] adv. il faut (exhortatif); supposons que; voix impérative polie
The numbers and letter combinations indicate noun classes in the following example:
abwaʼbwaʼ /ábwàʼbwàʼ/ [ábwàʔbwàʔ] n. 1a/2a le grand
The French translation is indicated next. If a word has more than one meaning, they are given after each 1); 2), as in the following example:
anyamle /ànyàmlè/ [àɲàməlè] adv. 1) ne jamais faire; ne jamais oser 2) jamais
If there is only a slight difference of meaning, the definitions are separated by semi-colons:
pa kʉ /pà kʉ́/ [pà kʊ́] lct. avoir la volonté; au fait